Michelle Williams, Best Actress, My Week With Marilyn: “I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors—a special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh—and the fearless Harvey Weinstein. This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.”
Kenneth Branagh, Best Supporting Actor, My Week With Marilyn: “It was a rare honor to play Sir Laurence Olivier. To be recognized by the Academy for doing so is overwhelming. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Oscar photo-op

Oscar photo-op


Oscar nominated Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh

Oscar nominated Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh


Michelle Williams picks up her second consecutive lead actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn,” in which she plays the troubled sex symbol during the production of “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Laurence Olivier. Williams earned a lead actress nomination for 2010’s “Blue Valentine” and a supporting actress nod for 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.” She won the Golden Globe early last week for lead actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for the “Marilyn” role.

Belfast-born Kenneth Branagh was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar category for My Week with Marilyn. Kenneth Branagh’s Oscar nod comes after his BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of Laurence Olivier in My Week With Marilyn. This tells the story of the creen icon’s arrival in Britain to film The Prince and the Showgirl and of the fraught relationship between the American actress and the British stage star.

Golden Globe Nominees

Golden Globe Nominees

Nominations for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Best Leading Actress
Michelle Williams, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, ‘My Week With Marilyn’

Golden Globes
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

MICHELLE WILLIAMS MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

KENNETH BRANAGH MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe


“My Week with Marilyn,” Directed by Simon Curtis. With Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, starring Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams as 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, will see its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, organizers said on August 4.

Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff 2011

Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff 2011

World premiere for the Kenneth Branagh directed Thor movie will be held in Sydney, Australia on Sunday April 17th, 2011. The Weinstein Company has acquired film rights to “The Boys in the Boat,” a nonfiction book proposal to be written by Daniel James Brown.

Kenneth Branagh will direct. The actor/helmer just wrapped production on “Thor” for Paramount. TWC production prexy Donna Gigliotti will produce with Judy Hofflund exec producing.

Book, set in the 1930s, centers around the U of Washington’s powerhouse rowing team. Sources describe the project as a cross between “Seabiscuit” and “Chariots of Fire.”

“The Boys in The Boat is an epic,” Branagh said in a statement. “I was completely captivated by the characters, the era, and the dreams of a generation unfolding beautifully and dramatically.”